Located in the city of Balneário Camboriú - SC, about 80 km from the Capital Florianopolis, Pinho Beach is considered the first naturist beach in Brazil. It also is recognized for its natural beauty and philosophy of life of people who go there.
With its 500 meters, the area consists of white sands of medium thickness; the sea has strong waves and clear water and is surrounded by cliffs and mountains with almost untouched greenery, which guarantees total privacy, providing the first evidence of nudism in this place in mid-83. On occasion, some dancers in a famous concert hall of the city "Mario's House" and a few other couples ventured to undress in the middle of this beach paradise then deserted, surrounded by the wonderful Mata Atlantica with difficult access. Back that time, the practice of naturism was not well regarded by the owner of the land on the beach: Domingos Fonseca, a businessman father of seven children, also very religious and often repressive with the naturalists, sometime even expelling them.
story of Tarlis Batista, published in the magazine called Manchete, in the edition of February 25th, 1984, entitled "EVERYONE NAKED IN CAMBORIU." Tarlis said in his article: "some sophisticated beaches, like Ipanema, risk a topless from time to time. But the explicit and total nudity has arrived in Brazil, although many still do not know, it is a privilege of a traditional secluded beach in the south: Camboriu, Santa Catarina. Some say it started with influences of Argentines, who have been invading Camboriu for many years for vacation. Whatever the reason, the field of naturalism in Santa Catarina is the first and only of its kind in our country.”
He also said in an article in 1988: "... the nudism at Pinho Beach occurred in an environment of secrecy, where the pioneers enjoyed the pleasures of nature on the beautiful and almost impenetrable beach, but the peace ended in 1984 after the publication of an article on the discovery of this field that put the nudist beach in evidence throughout the country.”
After the great repercussion of the article nationwide, and the huge number of onlookers who came to the beach, Domingos Fonseca, encouraged by a few naturalists and viewing a great business opportunity, stopped pursuing the naturists and began the construction of an inn and a restaurant in the place..
In the summer of 1985, the number of naturists on the beach had increased considerably. Previously it did not exceed thirty people, at the time there were already no less than two hundred. However, it also increased the number of onlookers who came from all parts of Brazil to learn about the only place where it was practiced public nudity.
The article by Tarlis divided the opinions of local politicians, community representatives and beachgoers. On the one hand, the subject threw the city as a tourist destination nationwide, which has always been the desire of politicians as Osmar Nunes Filho, Secretary of Tourism of the time. Nunes said: "Since it does not harm the morals, being practiced in a reserved place, so that it does not harm other people, the practice of naturalism will benefit the city due to the national advertising, since it is something unusual in Brazil". Councilman Rudis Cabral, PDS, sent a letter to the police station asking the city management to restrain the shameful acts that were being practiced in Pinho Beach, even if they had to arrest people who practiced nudism there.
In 1986, a joint action between the two police forces arrested 25 people who practice nudism in Pinho Beach. Upon learning of the incident, Osmar Nunes Filho defined it as an unfortunate fact, saying, "Society is constantly evolving. If people do not practice nudism, they should accept and respect this behavior". Local newspapers, such as Jornal de Santa Catarina, reported the incident with headlines like "Nudists are arrested a harsh criticism to the authorities is still happening”. Nunes also said in his interview to the Jornal de Santa Catarina: "We created a structure in Pinho Beach, to serve naturism. You go there if you want. Meanwhile, authorities have not seen worse things happening at the beach downtown, where children and adults are obliged to watch”.
Then, in the same year of 1986, the naturists united. Led by Celso Rossi and other idealists like Rose Espíndola, and Sergio Oliveira and fought for the recognition of Pine Beach as an official area for the practice of naturism and founded the AAPP – Associação Amigos da Praia do Pinho - Association of Friends Pinho Beach. The organization had as members nearly all of those naturalists who had been arrested. Encouraged to not give up their paradise, they began to practice naturism in an organized way, implementing the code of ethics and overseeing the attitudes of members.
The intention of the members of AAPP was to establish a common use area for naturists who came from various parts of Brazil moved by the desire to share its philosophy of life in a space where they could enjoy the natural beauty of the beach in comfort, privacy, especially freedom and respect.
Over the years, AAPP had controling activities, monitoring the established rules as well as the reception of new naturists. But in 2005, the directors of the Association decided to just control the condominium where naturists’ headquarters was, "Paraíso da Tartaruga ", located in an area near Pinho Beach. In January 2006, the NGO Naturistas Praia do Pinho was established, aiming to guarantee and ensure the practice of naturism on the beach, and maintain and preserve its ecosystem.
Since December 2004, the commercial activities of Pinho Beach are ruled by Complexo Turístico Praia do Pinho Inc. Its current infrastructure is one of the best in the country and includes accommodations, inns, cabins, bars, excellent camping area with capacity for 200 tents and parking for visitors.Source:
ROSSI, Celso. Naturismo: a redescoberta do homem.
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